1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Seward

Samuel Johnson to James Boswell, 28 June 1777; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 3:140 &n.



Mr. Seward,* a great favourite at Streatham, has been, I think, enkindled by our travels with a curiosity to see the Highlands. I have given him letters to you and Beattie. He desires that a lodging may be taken for him at Edinburgh, against his arrival. He is just setting out.

* William Seward, Esq. F.R.S., editor of Anecdotes of some distinguished persons, &c. in four volumes, 8vo., well known to a numerous and valuable acquaintance for his literature, love of the fine arts, and social virtues. I am indebted to him for several communications concerning Johnson. BOSWELL.